James Cochrane Obituary (2021) – Greensboro, NC

Cochrane, James Bryant

August 12, 1927 – June 14, 2021

James Bryant Cochrane died peacefully in his home on June 14, 2021 at the age of 93, surrounded by those who loved him dearly. As a man who loved his Lord, we are at peace that he is whole and at home.

A Celebration of Life service will be held at Lawndale Baptist Church on Saturday, June 26, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. The family will receive friends immediately after the service.

Jim was born on August 12, 1927 in Troy, NC. In 1945 he entered the Navy and served three years. After his service, he attended Lees-McRae College on a football scholarship, where he played as a quarterback. He was voted “Biggest Flirt” and that has been with him all his life as he had an infectious personality. His sense of humor and infectious laughter have been with him all his life. After college, Jim was a ponytailed lifeguard in Myrtle Beach and continued to lead an energetic life!

He moved to Greensboro to work, where he met his bride, Geraldine Tatum Cochrane. They were married for 63 years. They enjoyed many wonderful years together and loved traveling and adventures. Jim’s greatest pride and joy were his four daughters. He loved her dearly and wanted to be the best father he could be. Jim was a deacon at Lawndale Baptist Church, where he faithfully sat his daughters in the same pew each week. He had a strong devotion to his church and the people in his life. He was named Chef Jim for church events, many of his daughter’s school activities, and an appearance at the State Fair where he loved to bake pizza! He served as the treasurer of the PTA, attended our many sporting events, accompanied school camping trips and much more. Jim was a good man, but more than that, he was a man of God.

Jim loved working the land, working wood, playing golf, tennis, curator of beautiful roses, weekly pool games at his home, and keeping his well-earned title of “Sheriff” of Pineburr Road where he raised his family. Until his last days, he often sang Blue Moon to his wife, whom he loved so much.

Jim leaves behind his wife Jerry Cochrane, his four daughters Jean (Steve) Palmerton, Julie (Jonathan) Gilbert, Ruth (Kevin) Steidinger, Laura Cochrane and his sisters Janelle Cochrane Simms and Ruth Cochrane Frazier. Jim had 7 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. In death he was preceded by his parents Bertie Howell Cochrane and William Bryant Cochrane and his sister Betty Jo Cochrane Gillis.

Instead of flowers, memorials can be sent to Lawndale Baptist Church / Senior Adults Ministry.

Published by Greensboro News & Record June 20 through June 23, 2021.

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